|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad:
overheard, had acquired a special significance, a con-
Every day that passed over the Sofala appeared to
Sterne simply crammed full with proofs--with incon-
trovertible proofs. At night, when off duty, he would
steal out of his cabin in pyjamas (for more proofs) and
stand a full hour, perhaps, on his bare feet below the
bridge, as absolutely motionless as the awning stanchion
in its deck socket near by. On the stretches of easy
navigation it is not usual for a coasting captain to re-
main on deck all the time of his watch. The Serang
End of the Tether
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Koran:
move about,-then woe upon that day to those who call (the apostles)
liars, who plunge into discussion for a sport!
On the day when they shall be thrust away into the fire of
hell,-'This is the fire, the which ye used to call a lie!-Is it magic,
this? or can ye not see?-broil ye therein, and be patient thereof or
be not patient, it is the same to you: ye are but rewarded for that
which ye did do!'
Verily, the pious (shall be) in gardens and pleasure, enjoying
what their Lord has given them; for their Lord will save them from the
torment of hell.
'Eat and drink with good digestion, for that which ye have done!'